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Selected Works

History
James Madison leads an unprepared nation into a struggle that will establish the United States as a major world power and stake its claim to the entire continent.
"A breathtaking portrait of boldness, courage...and sheer youthful vitality."--Newsweek
"A powerful indictment of what the United States helped to bring about in this hemisphere."--The New York Times.
A nonfiction examination of the fall of the Roman Republic--political and military history from 81 B.C. to 30 B.C. (Simon&Schuster, 1994)
Fiction
"A novel of the death of God, with many resurrections and many Christs." Harper& Row, 1968.
"Wedlock is very good, full of sharp insight and throwaway wit...Langguth writes a sternly brilliant prose, and his characters live."--Elizabeth Janeway, 1972
"This quick-running, exciting novel poses a number of disturbing questions in a spare prose that gives the book great bite." Harper&Row, 1974
Occult
"Despite his total immersion in the rituals, Langguth asked the skeptical questions that allowed him to produce here the first objective book on Brazil's Macumba in English."
Literary Biography
"A Saki biography at last, and surely a definitive one...An achievement.--Emlyn Williams.
Letters
More than six decades of letters from the author of "On a Note of Triumph," often called the poet of the Golden Age of Radio.

"Saki: A Life of Hector Hugh Munro, with six short stories never before collected." (Hamish Hamilton, London, 1981)

In 2003, Figueroa Press reprinted Simon&Schuster's 1981 edition of "Saki." To order that paperback edition, please call (213) 740-BOOK or contact the USC Bookstore at http:/​/​www-bookstore.usc.edu

Chapter One begins:
"Had the victim been anyone but his mother, the irony to the story might have made Saki smile:
It was the winter of 1872, and Mary Frances Munro, who had borne three children in less than three years, was pregnant again. Despite the primitive conditions of northwest Burma, where her husband was an officer in the British military police, each of the earlier births had been successful. But when she was found to be carrying yet another baby, her husband took Mary back to his family's home in Devonshire so that her fourth delivery might less hazardous than the others.
"There, in the safeness of western England, she was struck down by the kind of fate that her youngest child grew up to respect and celebrate. On a quiet country lane, a runaway cow charged Mary Munro. The shock caused a miscarriage that took the new life and her own."